in about 100 words or less
New Zealand 85m Colour
Directors: Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement; Cast: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford
What We Do in the Shadows is a hilarious mockumentary that gains “full access” to a secret New Zealand society who gather for the “The Unholy Masquerade”. At the film’s outset, we meet Viago, a fastidious vampire who introduces his fellow flatmates to discuss the challenges of their shared “living” arrangements. Among their issues is the fact that Deacon hasn’t done the bloody dishes for five years. Much of the film’s humour is understated and deals with the more mundane aspects of vampire life. Although there is little in the way of plot, the documentary format serves as ample basis for the many satirical gags that pay homage to almost every theme in the vampire genre (Klaus Ming March 2015).